Pep Guardiola does not know when his player will return, which worries the English press, Bale makes the front page in Spain, and Barça wants to sign a medical joker, here is your press review of February 8, 2020.
The “Sterling crisis”
In England, the injury of Raheem Sterling is the subject of much ink. Leaving limp, the Manchester City player is hit in the hamstrings and will be absent this Sunday.
Asked at a press conference on the subject, Pep Guardiola admitted that he had no idea when Sterling would return. Words that made react across the Channel, the Daily Mirror speaks of “Sterling crisis”.
Same story on one of the Times sports pages. For the British newspaper, the Skyblues striker adds to Pep’s already numerous problems. A more complicated season than usual for the Spanish coach.
Barça wants to sign a medical joker
Three players stand out in the Barça list
Besides, in the Iberian press, his old club made the headlines. It must be said that Barça too is decimated by injuries. After Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembélé is unavailable for several months. And according to Sport the club blaugrana (F. C Barcelona) hopes to obtain an agreement from the Spanish Federation to be able to register a reinforcement in attack, as a medical joker.
Note that the player must necessarily playing in La Liga, or be free of any contract. Three names are mentioned in the front page of the Catalan daily newspaper. First that of Loren Morón, whose advantage is that his club Betis is open to discussions. Then Willian José, the favorite of the Barcelona leaders, but whose file seems complicated to complete. Finally, Lucas Pérez who has a release clause of € 15 million, and this would be non-negotiable.
Bale’s agent denies a disenchantment with Zizou
And then we stay in Spain, but this time to talk about Real Madrid. Gareth Bale is once again being talked about, he whose playing time is very irregular with Real Madrid. He is “the last in the queue”, headlines Marca this Saturday, who specifies that the Welshman was absent from the last three Real Madrid match sheets because he was not called by Zinedine Zidane.
Bale also makes the front page of the As newspaper which interviewed its agent, Jonathan Barnett. The latter explained in particular that it was a lie to say that Zidane did not like Bale. He also said that Florentino Pérez, the president of Madrid, adored the former Tottenham player.